Somewhere, Hillary Clinton is sitting back with a smile on her face.
In what looks to be a classic case of a disgruntled worker let go under adverse circumstances hitting back, a former staff member is claiming that Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are more interested in going after Hillary Clinton than finding out what happened in the 2012 attack.
While it remains to be seen how truthful the allegations are — one of which would be a violation of federal law — the staffer plans to file suit.
The New York Times reported:
A former investigator for the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to file a complaint in federal court next month alleging that he was fired unlawfully in part because his superiors opposed his efforts to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in the Libyan city. Instead, they focused primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he said.
The former investigator, Bradley F. Podliska, a major in the Air Force Reserve who is on active duty in Germany, also claims that the committee’s majority staff retaliated against him for taking leave for several weeks to go on active duty. If true, the retaliation would violate the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which Major Podliska plans to invoke in his complaint, according to a draft that was made available to The New York Times.
For the GOP, which is still dealing with the ill-advised comments made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that suggested the Benghazi oversight committee’s purpose was to damage Clinton’s chances of being elected, this new fight is one they don’t need.
And when you’re as desperate as Hillary Clinton, who continues to fall in the polls, you’ll seize on any opportunity you can get to further diminish the committee’s credibility.
The select committee denies Podliska’s allegations, of course, saying Saturday he was “terminated for cause.”
According to The Times:
In a statement, the committee cited Major Podliska’s “repeated efforts, of his own volition, to develop and direct committee resources to a PowerPoint ‘hit piece’ on members of the Obama administration, including Secretary Clinton, that bore no relationship whatsoever to the committee’s current investigative tone, focus or investigative plan.”
“Thus, directly contrary to his brand-new assertion, the employee actually was terminated, in part, because he himself manifested improper partiality and animus in his investigative work,” the statement said. “The committee vigorously denies all of his allegations. Moreover, once legally permitted to do, the committee stands ready to prove his termination was legal, justified and warranted — on multiple levels.”
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